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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Handlebars - Keeping it Weird

About a month and a half ago I wrote a post about my current cockpit setup on my touring rig. I mentioned that my ideal setup would have the swept back hand position of funky mountain bars along with the flats and hoods hand positions of drop bars. I also alluded to the fact that I was getting a prototype of a bar that would provide all of those hand positions. Well it's here, and I'm pretty sure the whole office has become concerned for my sanity.
The initial inspiration for these bars came from looking at pictures or old condorino bars and more modern bullhorns in too rapid of succession.
The swept back portion of the new bars will provide a similar hand position to the VO Postinos
We may end up slightly changing the look of the bar but, testing withstanding, the production model should be functionally similar to the prototype. Here's the nitty gritty: The clamp diameter is 25.4, these bars can only be used on stems with removable faceplates (obviously). The swept back mountain portion of the bars have a 45 degree sweep and 22.2 outer diameter. This means that most flat bar brake levers will fit on it. For my setup I'm using the Tektro FL750's. The bullhorn portion of the bars will have a 23.8 outer diameter. This means  that you can put bar end shifters at the end, or most inverse brake levers. Like the Tektro RX4.1 inverse levers.Cross levers can also be mounted on the flats. You can also put the VO thumb shifter mountsanywhere that your heart desires.


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